Monday 16th October 2017
Helping learner drivers become safer drivers
Friday 13th October 2017
Council supports NSW Motorcycle Awareness Month
Friday 6th October - Tuesday 31st October
Motorcycle Awareness Month
Tuesday 17th October 9:00am - 3:00pm
Schools Environment Day 2017
NSW RFS asks the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly to ‘Get Ready’ for bush fires. Now is the time to get ready. Meet local firefighters in your area and take part in a range of events and activities to help you prepare for the fire season.
NSW RFS Media release 'Get Ready' (PDF, 226 KB)
To find out what's on where you live take a look here : Get Ready Weekend Events Near Me (external link)
Did you know that where you live is critical in determining your level of bush fire risk?
Research has found that around 90% of homes destroyed by bush fire are due to burning embers. Embers have the ability to travel many kilometres from the fire. This means that even if you live well away from the bush you can still be at risk. Over Get Ready Weekend local firefighters will be able to discuss your personal risks and how you can best protect you and your home from fire.
Getting ready for the bush fire season is easier than you think.
Little things you do now can make a big difference during a bush fire. One of the most important things you can do is everyone in your home having a conversation about exactly what they’ll do in a bush fire.
Working together we can all help make our communities safer this bush fire season.
Wingecarribee Shire Council have partnered with the RFS Southern Highlands Brigades to bring to you the Bush Fire Six Week Get Ready Challenge. The Challenge will commence on Monday the 18th September. You will receive one email each week for six weeks to assist you in preparing yourself, your family and your property.
Sign up to the Bush Fire Six Week Get Ready Challenge to here :
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre are conducting research in to recent fire conditions and are encouraging residents across NSW to take part.
This research will help the NSW RFS and other fire services across the country better understand the community’s perception of the bush fire risk and how people prepare for it.
If you would like to take part access the online survey here : Online Research (external link)
› The statutory 2016/17 BFDP began on 1 October 2016 and ended, 31 March 2017
› Total number of bush, grass and scrub fires (from 01/06/16 to 31/03/17) - 11,602
› Total hectares burnt - 277,434
› Total number of total fire bans - 25 (including two state wide fire bans over the weekend of the 11
and 12 February)
› Five LGAs extended the BFDP until 30 April 2017 due to local ongoing dry conditions
› Total number of properties destroyed - 65
› Total number of properties damaged - 38
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre,
Elizabeth St Moss Vale
Fire Control Centre Mittagong (Rural Fire Service),
Cnr Priestly and Etheridge St Mittagong.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released the climate forecast for March - May 2017.
- Autumn (March to May) rainfall is likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of Australia.
- March is likely to be hotter and drier than average across most of Australia, except the far north and west.
- Warmer autumn days and nights are likely across most of Australia, except northwest Australia where days and nights are likely to be cooler than average.
- The drier than average outlooks are likely a result of forecast higher than normal pressure across western and southern Australia, meaning fewer rain-bearing systems are likely to cross the coast
Climate and Water Outlook, March–May 2017(external link)
More rain, more risk: Prepare for Bush Fire Season (external link)
What does this mean?
Help to keep our Community Safe
For all Bush Fire Information please go to the Rural Fire Service web site at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au